Imperial Stout – Nøgne Ø (Grimstad, Norway)

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  • My Rating: B+

Imperial Stout – Nøgne Ø (Nogne O), 9% ABV – 0.5L., (Grimstad, Norway)

Nøgne Ø explained and pronounced:

on the back label:

“Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø is a very rich, creamy and completely black ale with flavors of coffee, chocolate, leather and dried fruits. Imperial Stout pairs well with dark chocolate and similar desserts”

  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Taste: smooth bittersweet chocolate-coffee-malt
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor Store
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 0.5L., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours ultra-dark black-brown with a minimal quickly dissipating head, barely any retention, a few slow streams along the edge.

Nose: sweet and heavy chocolate-coffee malts (5/10-pungency)

Attack: syrupy darkness

Mid-palate: light fizzy-tingly mouthfeel, (7/10)-malty sweetness, (MAIN) chocolate, fudge malts, mocha coffee, (hint) dark fruit, soy sauce

Finish: light coffee bitter roasted exhale, bittersweet cocoa-malt finish.

Summary: Full-bodied and balanced. More on the coffee-sweet side with minimal sourness and bitterness. Very solid, but just needs a bit more wow in flavour or texture to kick it up to the next level.